When it comes to skincare, everyone has their tried and true routine down pat. For some, it’s as simple as cleansing regularly and then slathering on moisturizer and sunscreen. While others go through up to ten steps just to keep their skin glowing and zit-free!
But just how strong is your skincare game? What if your go-to habits are actually causing more damage than help? In this blog, we’ll be going through five of the most common skincare mistakes you’re most likely guilty of. Let’s get started!
Mistake #1: Using the Wrong Products for Your Skin Type
With the variety of formulations available nowadays, it can be tempting to play around with different products. However, you shouldn’t just go around slathering on creams, serums, and tonics that aren’t designed for your skin type.
The Fix: Everyone’s skin has different needs so it’s important to choose products that will address these needs. If you have dry skin, choose products that help with hydration. Meanwhile, if you have acne-prone skin, products with salicylic acid might be a better choice for you. Your skin type also determines the texture of the products you should use. Sensitive skin benefits from gentle and creamy cleansers.
Mistake #2: Too Much Cleansing
Nothing beats the feeling of freshly washed skin. Some people even believe the more you wash you’re your skin, the less acne you’ll get. However, too much of a good thing doesn’t help either. That includes skin cleansing.
When you cleanse too often, you risk stripping your skin of its natural oils which can actually trigger oil production. This can clog the pores and cause whiteheads and blackheads.
The Fix: Be mindful of how often you wash your face. If you’re in your 20s and 30s, washing once in the morning and again at night will suffice. If you’re in your 40s and beyond, you may need to wash your skin only at night to prevent stripping your skin.
Mistake #3: Using Too Much Product
Slathering on a lot of products on our skin often feels luxurious. However, less is more when it comes to skincare. You don’t need to use as much product as you imagine.
The Fix: Use the right amount of skincare products to avoid wasting money. For lotions and creams, a pea-sized amount is enough. For cleanser, toners, masks, and body moisturizers, a grape-sized amount is usually enough to cover your skin. Meanwhile, for eye creams, serums, and specialized skin treatments, a rice-sized amount works best.
Mistake #4: Sleeping with Makeup On
After a long day, it can be tempting to just take off your shoes and crawl into bed to get a good night’s sleep. But if you leave your makeup on, you’re asking for trouble in the morning.
The Fix: Stick to your night-time cleansing routine. Your skin renews itself at night so it’s important to keep it clean. Makeup blocks your sweat and oil glands which can clog your pores leading to acne breakouts. So no matter how tired you are, don’t hit the sack without removing your makeup with at least a makeup wipe and washing your face.